University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

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Highly ranked

In the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best engineering graduate schools, the UW-Madison College of Engineering is #14. At the undergraduate level, the college
is also #14.

Undergraduate program rankings

  • Biomedical engineering—#25
  • Chemical engineering—#5
  • Civil engineering—#13
  • Computer engineering—#14
  • Electrical engineering—#19
  • Industrial/manufacturing engineering—#9
  • Materials engineering—#17
  • Mechanical engineering—#17
  • Nuclear engineering—#2


With opportunities to study under internationally renowned faculty and research staff in highly ranked programs, our graduate students are among the world's elite. They are highly sought for faculty positions at major universities and for leadership and technical roles in government and industry.

Graduate program rankings

  • Biomedical engineering—#23
  • Chemical engineering—#6
  • Civil engineering—#15
  • Computer engineering—#16
  • Electrical engineering—#18
  • Engineering Professional Development, distance degrees—#6
  • Environmental engineering—#20
  • Industrial/manufacturing engineering—#10
  • Materials engineering—#15
  • Mechanical engineering—#13
  • Nuclear engineering—#3

Faculty excellence

  • 28 professors named to the National Academy of Engineering
  • 3 professors named to the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2 professors named to the Institute of Medicine
  • 120 faculty recipients of National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, PECASE, or CAREER awards
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The UW-Madison College of Engineering is among the nation's top colleges of engineering. It consists of eight degree-granting departments—biomedical engineering, chemical and biological engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, engineering physics, industrial and systems engineering, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering. Its ninth department, engineering professional development, is one of the nation's oldest and largest continuing education programs for professional engineers. The college academic programs also include several certificates and interdisciplinary degree programs.


The college is home to 44 research centers and 21 research consortia, which collaborate directly with industry and government to identify and solve key engineering challenges. The Department of Engineering Professional Development annually delivers more than 300 continuing education courses in engineering, design, operations, production, maintenance, management and planning to more than 11,000 students. Additionally, it offers a suite of internationally acclaimed professional master's degrees, including six online master's degrees. These programs consistently rank in the top-3 in the country; in 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked these online graduate programs No. 1.

Making an impact


Photo of ship.In the College of Engineering, we recognize that engineers will play a role in solving every major challenge facing society. Together, our faculty, staff and students are addressing challenges in energy, healthcare and medicine, sustainability and the environment, security, transportation infrastructure, and many other areas. We are champions of the Wisconsin Idea, the principle that education should influence and improve people's lives beyond the university classroom.

Here are a few examples of the many ways in which our knowledge touches people in Wisconsin and around the world: